Freeform Writing Exercise B1
The verb devoir in the imparfait, 'devait' doesn't always mean 'was supposed to' and in this context, it wouldn't make any sense. Here it is plain had to :
if you had said in a particular situation:
totally different tense (pluperfect) and meaning.
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This is 'had to' in English as in 'needed to/was required to' in order for something else to happen, rather than 'the having/possessing of something'.
In this context 'devoir' is appropriate in French. If 'avoir' was used here, it would require 'avoir besoin de' - and this is likely a bit 'strong' for this situation.
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